Al Sawyers, a partner in Orrick’s New York office, is chair of the Structured Finance Group. His practice focuses on the creation of derivative securities, structured financial products, and repackaged asset-backed, corporate and municipal securities.
Mr. Sawyers represents issuers and underwriters in the issuance of credit-linked notes, collateralized bond obligations, synthetic convertible bonds and synthetic money market eligible securities. He also works with clients entering into various swap agreements, such as interest rate, credit default, currency and equity swaps, and has authored alerts on various financial industry-related topics, including the Dodd-Frank Act.
Mr. Sawyers has been ranked by Chambers and Partners both globally and nationally in the structured products category. Legal500 has noted Mr. Sawyers for his work in structured finance, quoting a client who stated that he has "impressive expertise in all facets of securitization in general, which is immensely helpful when we are working on complex transactions." The International Financial Law Review has also recognized Mr. Sawyers for his work in structured finance and securitization. Euromoney notes him as an expert in Banking, Financial and Transactional Law: Structured Finance and Securitization.
Mr. Sawyers previously served as co-head of Orrick’s worldwide Finance Practice.